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Wars

 

Childhood horror

Women and children are the primary victims of the horrors that accompany the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, which are mostly the work of the ...

Against nationalism

Throughout the world celebrations are being held in commemoration of 100 years from the start of the First World War, a tragedy which shocked the ...

A war without a military solution

The following is the English text of the address given by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, head of the Holy See delegation, on Wednesday, 22 January, ...

Cries for peace are heard

May the United States “listen to the voice of religious leaders, who unanimously oppose any military interference in the Syrian conflict”. This was the wish ...

The battle in Maaloula continues

The Syrian army is still engaged in efforts to remove the rebel group of Islamic fundamentalists Jabhat Al-Nusra from the town of Maaloula which is ...

The silence and bad dreams

The silence of the vigil in St Peter's Square is making a noise. And the day of prayer and fasting, that Pope Francis called for, ...

The G20 document with not mention of Syria

The G20 summit in the Russian capital has confirmed the division in the international community on the Syrian crisis and, above all, on military intervention ...

The prayer that rises among the drums of war

Theirs is a prayer marred by gunfire which can be heard behind the small doors of the little cells in that a monastery that are ...

Peace without barriers

Saint Petersburg, 6. “Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity”. This is Pope Francis' latest tweet from ...

City symbolic to Christians in Syria attacked by rebels

An attack by the rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra took place Thursday, 5 September, in Maaloula, a Christian village about 40 miles northeast of Damascus. The ...

A cry for peace throughout the earth

“May the cry for peace rise loudly throughout the earth!” Pope Francis repeated this call to the many faithful in St Peter's Square on Wednesday ...

The diplomatic corps called to the Vatican

In preparation for the day of fasting and prayer for peace and the vigil on Saturday with the Pope in St Peter's Square, the Secretary ...

Dozens of victims in an Iraqi refugee camp

Yet another weekend marked by episodes of violence in Iraq. About 50 Iranian dissidents, refugees were killed yesterday in the Ashraf camp. The surviving refugees ...

A global question

At first glance it's a picture that is almost idyllic: a young family – father and mother holding their baby close – setting out, riding ...

Crack down in Egypt

The noose is drawn tighter round the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood. Today the Egyptian authorities announced the arrest of Safwat Hegazi, one of the ...

Pius XII and the scourge of war

The United States Air Force bombed Rome on 19 July 1943. Fr Egidio Picucci has brought to life that Monday, 70 years ago when the ...

Obama re-evaluates aid to Cairo

The tension in the Egyptian streets is increasingly high. Morsi supporters announced that a major protest will take place Friday, and the United States stated ...

Israeli raid in Syria increases tension in the entire area

Another Israeli air strike on Syrian territory yesterday has sharply rekindled tension throughout the region. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal al Medad, spoke of how ...

Ban Ki-moon calls for prudence

In an unprecedented visit to the Pentagon, Secretary-General of the UN expressly requested a meeting with U.S. military leader to discuss the serious crisis unfolding ...

Explosions in Tunisia

Two years after the Tunisian Revolution of the Jasmin, yesterday's assassination of Chokri Belaid, Secretary of the United Democratic Patriots Movement and principal figure of ...

Ceasefire of the Congolese rebels

The Congolese rebels of the March 23 Movement (M23) have declared a unilateral ceasefire in view of the second session of negotiations with the Government ...

Clashes in Syria escalate

An escalation of clashes and violence in Syria while Assad's Government works out a peace plan that should have been presented without delay. The United ...

Damascus a city under siege

Endless violence in Syria. The governmental forces launched an offensive yesterday against the main posts of their opponents. The decisive battle for taking over the ...

A earth where peace springs out

There is a good earth, a healthy earth freed of all selfishness and all lack of openness; a earth that God has prepared to come ...

Armoured Egypt

Egypt is on the brink of a civil war. Tension is growing in Cairo where today there was another wave of opposition protesters and supporters ...

Powder keg Egypt

Tension is growing in Egypt. Armoured military tanks and vehicles have been deployed around the Presidential Palace of Heliopolis in the centre of Cairo – ...

New unrest in Tahrir Square

New clashes between the police and the opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi were reported in Tahrir Square in Cairo, where yesterday tens of thousands ...

Attacks against Christians in Nigeria

Another bloody Sunday for Christians in the north of Nigeria. Two car bombs detonated by suicide attackers exploded in a church in a military compound ...

Brave decisions for peace

The time has come to “make brave decisions for peace” and “to put an end to a conflict” which is having negative repercussions throughout the ...

Civilian atrocities in North Kivu

The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office has reported a series of civilian atrocities in North Kivu, one of the 11 provinces of the Democratic ...

The humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening day by day

With every passing day the humanitarian situation is worsening in Syria. The International Red Cross has launched an alarm: it is becoming difficult to deal ...

Chinese plan for mediation in Syria

Beijing announced a political plan to resolve the crisis in Syria. The spokesperson of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hong Lei, described the proposal by ...

In Syria on behalf of the Pope and of the Synod

Benedict XVI has arranged to send a delegation to Syria to express solidarity and closeness to the tormented people of that nation, both on behalf ...

Dressed to escape, even at night

16 October 1943 represents one of the most dramatic days in Italian history, marked by shame and grief due to the despicable roundup in the ...

Heavy fighting in Syria

The violence is not ceasing in Syria. Two car bombs exploded today in the area of a neighborhood in Aleppo controlled by the armed forces. ...

Peace with respect for differences

Two days before departing for Lebanon the Holy Father launched a new appeal for peace in the “land of the cedars” and throughout the Middle ...

More than a million evacuees in Syria

There are more than a million Syrian evacuees because of the violence. About 230,000 of them have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Half this number ...

Christians flee Mali

For months Christians have been fleeing the northern part of Mali from Islamic fundamentalists. The alarm was sounded by the Algerian daily El Khabar which ...

Contrasting memories

How do the French remember the Algerian War that lasted from 1954 to 1962 and involved in all a total of 2.5 million French soldiers, ...

Enough of violence and blood

The Pope calls for the end of “every form of violence and bloodshed” and expresses the hope of a future of peace and stability for ...

The story of the ruthless population surgery

The 100-years stretching from the Crimean War (1853) to Stalin's death (1953) were marked by the total of about 30 million people victims of forced ...

Violence against Christians in Kenya

The Christian communities in Africa are the target of terrorist violence by various Islamic Fundamentalist Groups that in recent months have emphasized their strategy of ...

An anti-Hitler leaflet

The icon of St Alexander of Munich shows him holding a white rose. Last February the Orthodox Church beatified Alexander Schmorell, a witness to and ...

Limitless violence in Nigeria

One hundred fifty dead and at least 200 wounded. This is the tragic outcome of the latest wave of violence devastating northern Nigeria this week. ...

Putting a stop to bloodshed and violence in Syria

On Tuesday morning, 21 June, in the Clementine Hall, the Pope met with the members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the Eastern ...

Peace and reconciliation in Nigeria

The full collaboration of all the members of Nigerian society” is necessary in order to abandon “the path of revenge” and collaborate “in building a ...

Nigeria in a spiral of violence

Violence has once again been reported in the past hours in north Nigeria. And the effects of the attack in Kaduna on Sunday on five ...

Kofi Annan meets Assad

A meeting between Kofi Annan, Special Envoy of the United Nations and of the Arab League, and President Bashir al-Assad is taking place today in ...

New outbursts of violence in North Kivu

More than 100 people were killed in further explosions of violence last week in North Kivu, the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the ...

Penelope and the Afghan fabric

The warped diplomatic fabric on how to exit the long Afghan crisis has been sown and then unravelled by the international community. Until a few ...

11,541 empty seats

There will be 11,541 empty seats, spanning a kilometre along Maresciallo Tito Avenue , Sarajevo's main street, for a concert organized to mark the 6 ...

The Pope's aid to the suffering people of Syria

It is well known that the Holy Father has made several appeals for a stop to the violence in Syria, so that a path for ...

Legitimate aspirations for the common good in Syria

Benedict XVI is following with deep apprehension the dramatic events that are devastating the life of the people of Syria. On Sunday, 12 February, at ...

Violence with no respite in Syria

Escalating violence in Syria. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Stations Organization, has once again called for the clashes “to end immediately”, declaring ...

Thousands of Christians flee northern Nigeria

The situation in northern Nigeria continues to degenerate. It was from here that almost 35,000 Christians fled, according to official estimates. These people are escaping ...

Still tension between Iran and the United States

Tension remains high in the Persian Gulf, where, in the last ten days of the Iranian naval military exercises in the surrounding waters the Strait ...

Poverty and ignorance favour religious intolerance

“If we don't succeed in eradicating poverty and ignorance in our Country, then we will not be able to combat the the phenomenon of religious ...

Still bloodshed in Tahrir square

Three claimed dead and nearly 60 injured, including a fifteen-year old in serious condition at the clashes at dawn in Tahrir square in Cairo, on ...

War a wound to human dignity

On Saturday, 22 October, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met with participants in the Sixth International Convention of Military Ordinariates and the Third ...

Libya testing reconciliation

The dramatic end of Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte marks a point in Libya’s bloody war while the international community hopes that a new government is ...

The Africa of Pirates

The challenge of piracy is one of the most persistent African emergencies and is continually increasing, despite the deployment of imposing international naval operations, especially ...

An Afghan legend

It was probably a sign of the attack on the United States but international secret services failed to take it into account. Ten years after ...

The winds of revolution blowing through Bahrain

The Arabic Spring, rocking North Africa (Tunisia, Egypt and Libya), Yemen and Syria over the past six months, has arrived in Bahrain - Al Bahrayn, ...

Hunger, politics and propaganda

Aside from the delay in international financial aid, there are also questions of internal politics and even propaganda which are creating obstacles for humanitarian action ...

The French Parliament extends the military mission in Libya

A double all-clear from the French Parliament to extend the military mission in Libya, under NATO command, after the National Assembly and the Parisian Senate ...

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Dec. 16, 2018